Cherry Bomb (Jacqueline

Cherry Bomb (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series #6)

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by J. A. Konrath
     
 

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At the end of Fuzzy Navel, J. A. Konrath surprised readers with an agonizing cliffhanger: One of Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels's loved ones is dead. But who? Readers were left clamoring to know more.

Cherry Bomb, the sixth Jack Daniels mystery, opens at the funeral. While Jack stands graveside, tears in her eyes, her cell phone rings. It's the killer,

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At the end of Fuzzy Navel, J. A. Konrath surprised readers with an agonizing cliffhanger: One of Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels's loved ones is dead. But who? Readers were left clamoring to know more.

Cherry Bomb, the sixth Jack Daniels mystery, opens at the funeral. While Jack stands graveside, tears in her eyes, her cell phone rings. It's the killer, escaped maniac Alex Kork, taunting Jack, drawing her ever further into a twisted game of cat and mouse. Because while Alex is more than willing to kill random victims, Jack is her true prey. But which woman wants revenge more?

Cherry Bomb is J. A. Konrath's most gripping novel of suspense yet-filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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Publishers Weekly

At the start of Konrath's brisk and breezy sixth Jack Daniels mystery, the guilt-ridden Chicago cop, who's attending the funeral of a loved one, takes a call from Alexandra Kork, the sadistic psychopath who did in the loved one at the end of 2008's Fuzzy Navel("I checked the Weather Channel.... It's raining in Chicago. That's appropriate, don't you think? Funerals on sunny days seem so wrong"). Barred from the official hunt for Kork because she's personally involved in the case, Daniels soon finds herself on the wrong side of the law with few of the usual resources to call on. Meanwhile, the wily Kork, who's stopped counting her victims (after 50 they blur), strews bodies over a wide area as part of a scheme to lead Daniels to a slow and painful death. Konrath leavens the violence with offbeat humor, including a feces-throwing monkey in love with a cashmere sweater. The slam-bang ending is sure to satisfy series fans. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Reviews
Readers who weren't sated by the collateral fatalities in the last grudge match between Lt. Jacqueline Daniels and escaped criminal Alexandra Kork (Fuzzy Navel, 2008, etc.) are in for a treat. This novel's very first sentence resolves its predecessor's cliffhanger ending. The climactic victim turns out to have been Jack Daniels's fiance, accountant Latham Conger. Now that Jack and Alex have killed each other's men, you might think the score would be even, but Alex doesn't. She phones her nemesis at Latham's burial with the news that she's planning to kidnap a man and kill him 12 hours later unless Jack can stop her. When that round is over, Alex moves on to the next inning, allowing ever-shorter windows of rescue time. Her targets are Jack's ex, who doesn't see why he should be part of this game, and her Chicago PD partner. Alex's propensity for terminations with extreme prejudice-she kills a homeless man for his bankroll and a suburban shopper for her handbag-and the high-value targets she's chosen would seem to guarantee pulse-pounding suspense. But the body count rises so carelessly that there's no reason to feel any closer to individual victims than to individual bowling pins. What remains, as usual in this jaunty, heartless series, is the pornographic violence and the return to the most atavistic roots of narrative: pure, formulaic storytelling without any concern for such add-ons as plot twists, characterization or moral complexity. As for the formula, it's accurately indicated by the libations that inspire Konrath's titles: Shake. Drink. Repeat.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482374575
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/06/2013
Series:
Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels Series, #6
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
517,853
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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